Jordan, Egypt discuss gas cooperation

Published December 12th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Jordan will examine the possibility of joining Lebanon and Syria in a regional scheme to import natural gas from Egypt across the Mediterranean Sea, Petra news agency reported Monday. 

 

Amman agreed to study the proposal during talks earlier Monday between Jordanian Energy Minister Wael Sabri and Egyptian Oil Minister Sameh Fahmi, the official agency said. 

 

Fahmi is expected Thursday in Beirut to initial a gas deal allowing Lebanon to import between six and nine million cubic meters (210-315 million cubic feet) daily from Egypt. 

 

The deal provides for Lebanon to import gas from the Egyptian coastal city of El Arish to the port of Tripoli in north Lebanon, before re-exporting it to Syria and Turkey. 

 

Jordan meanwhile proposed another scheme to export gas from Egypt in pipelines from El Arish across the Gulf of Aqaba to the Jordanian Red Sea port of Aqaba, Petra said. 

 

Fahmi said Egyptian experts would look at the feasibility of the project and give their views within three months, Petra said without giving further details.—AFP. 

©--Agence France Presse. 

 

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